Morganton man chasing ghosts in custom 'Ghostbusters' car

Ghostbusters vehicle brings smiles
(Kristen Hampton | WBTV)
(Kristen Hampton | WBTV)
(Kristen Hampton | WBTV)
(Kristen Hampton | WBTV)

BURKE COUNTY, NC (WBTV) - It's not likely you'll see a 1992 Ford Taurus station wagon in Burke County that's any cooler than Justin Parker's.

Justin bought the car "as-is" for $600, and just hoped he could get it to work.

"It just needed a new brake caliper and a serpentine belt, so I fixed that all up," Justin said. Once he got the car running, he decided to customize it from bumper to bumper as the "Ghostbusters" mobile.

"I had watched it once, and then after I got the car I kind of got into it then," Justin said.

Using parts from salvage yards and thrift stores, Justin decked out the roof to look pretty official from afar. Up close, you can see that the ecto-cooler is an old mop bucket top and the radar detector is a painted coffee can.

"I said to myself, 'I can make a Ghostbusters car out of everyday items," Justin said, "and so that's just what I did."

The 27-year-old amateur movie-maker even fashioned a proton backpack made from a handheld vacuum cleaner and a colander.

"I've been mistaken for an ambulance, a police car, and a Google Earth car," Justin said of the looks he gets when driving around town in Morganton.

When asked why he'd go to such great lengths to make a homemade replica, Justin's face lights up like the emergency flasher he affixed to the roof.

"Mostly it's to make people happy, to make people smile."

Justin describes himself as "different."

His whole life he's struggled with very poor eyesight. In fact, he didn't even have a permanent driver's license until he got his Ghostbusters mobile.

"I took my driving test in it. You should have seen the guy's face, then he busted out laughing," Justin said.

He passed the test and now is enjoying the open road in the car that gets him a lot more smiles than just a regular $600 Ford Taurus station wagon would. And that's the part he likes the best.

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